Give your fall wardrobe a nordic makeover, inspired by the world’s coolest tastemakers…
Once an overlooked event during fashion month, Copenhagen Fashion Week has grown in notoriety over the past few seasons. Scandinavian style is best known for its minimalist styling, complete with effortless layering and muted colour palettes. The appeal is simple: it’s all about striking the perfect balance between sophistication and nonchalance.
Executing Scandi style, however, is more of a challenge than it sounds. Despite its key capsule pieces being accessible, nailing the streetinspired-styling takes some serious finesse. Especially for Londoners, as our fashion culture revolves around trend hunting, eccentricity and maximalism.
But all this trend-hopping and fast fashion loses something Scandi women hold dear to their heart – a sense of self. Clothes are considered to be a creative expression but should also allow plenty of practicality. This is the 21st Century after all. Career women deserve fashion that doesn’t hold them back. Yes, comfortable and cool separates are the future, because “fashion is pain” just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Want to know how to emulate this polished fashion tribe from the comfort of London? Discover our cheat sheet below, where you’ll find the best Scandi-inspired basics to refresh your style this season.
This trend is all about investing in a select few items which can be rotated and reworked, season after season. Picture yourself strolling through Copenhagen’s cobbled streets sporting a grey chunky knit, ankle-skimming trousers and a leather mule – doesn’t that just scream chic? Be inspired by staple brands like Acne Studios and Malene Birger by shopping for a paperthin white tee, shearling jacket and leather pants. Perfection!
THE CHUNKY KNIT Topshop’s latest oversized funnel neck jumper is THE perfect piece for autumn. Its marl grey hue and cable texture lend a cosy luxe vibe, amalgamating everything a Scandi ‘It Girl’ looks for in her knitwear staples.
THE MINIMAL EARRING & Other Stories is a hybrid of feminine elegance meets understated design. These metal bar earrings are inspired by paper clips, adding a hardware edge to your look. Any Scandi girl understands the impact jewellery can have when paired with an understated outfit, so be sure to follow suit when restyling your own look.
THE CROPPED TROUSER Nordic style gives the occasional nod to mom jeans, leather trousers and widelegged pants; but the most coveted trophy trouser has to be the ankle grazer. Cropped trousers are casual but put-together, and Isa Arfen’s designs fit this aesthetic
perfectly. One thing’s for sure; any lover of this trend would never be caught dead wearing a skirt. It’s all about androgyny ladies.
THE MULE By day, you can get away with a classic trainer like Stan Smiths, but by night your footwear choice should be much more refined. A classic leather mule like Joseph’s must-have block heel mule works well with any capsule item.
THE WHITE TEE Acne Studios is a treasure trove of chic when shopping the Scandi look. Invest in a plain white tee and this everyday basic is sure to offer a blank canvas, ready for you to start styling your day to evening outfits. Never underestimate the power of quality and timelessness.
THE SHEARLING JACKET Aviators have a masculine energy combined with a plushness that works for modern women. Neutral tones are a given, as are luxe fabrics. Go for a power coat and wear it with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! One of the many perks of joining this fashion tribe is that outfit repetition isn’t frowned upon, it’s actively encouraged. So you won’t need to panic if you want to wear the same statement piece twice in one wee